SCRIPTURE: Luke 12:15-21 (MSG)
Speaking to the people, he went on, “Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.”
Then he told them this story: “The farm of a certain rich man produced a terrific crop. He talked to himself: ‘What can I do? My barn isn’t big enough for this harvest.’ Then he said, ‘Here’s what I’ll do: I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll gather in all my grain and goods, and I’ll say to myself, Self, you’ve done well! You’ve got it made and can now retire. Take it easy and have the time of your life!’
“Just then God showed up and said, ‘Fool! Tonight you die. And your barnful of goods—who gets it?’
“That’s what happens when you fill your barn with Self and not with God.”
- When you were a child, how did you learn about sharing? Was learning to share a struggle for you?
- The rich farmer in Jesus’ story, according to Rev. Brad, struggled with the distorted values of ingratitude, self-centeredness, avarice and cluelessness (inattentiveness). How prevalent do you think these values are in our society? How about elsewhere in the world?
- The distorted values listed above lead to hoarding. How destructive is hoarding for our world? How big of an impact does it have?
- How destructive is hoarding on your personal, spiritual life? Is there something, or are there some things you “hoard” which you wish you could let go of?
- What is a concrete step you want to take so you can build a life of sharing? (Consider the story of the man with the $100 bill.)
high-impact not-for-profit charities Rev. Brad mentioned in his message: